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Paton, Doug & Brandl, Tony – Alone in the Night


Alone in the Night (with Tony Brandl)

What is it about lighthouses that’s so fascinating? Is it just me? This is the story of a man who takes over as the keeper of a lighthouse where a bunch of strange things are happening. He doesn’t really get briefed on the details, but he notices that something is wrong pretty much right away and spends the rest of the comic trying to get used to his new surroundings. It’s an interesting story, although I think every lighthouse ever in a story has been haunted in one way or another. The art’s smudgy enough to be just about perfect for a rainy, dreary story and the writing is desolate yet hopeful for the peace and quiet. Good stuff, although a spellcheck would have been nice. It seems petty to bitch about something like that, I know, but if you’re going to the trouble to type the lettering anyway, why not check it?

Paton, Doug & Johnson, Jeremy – Status Quo #1


Status Quo #1

Another day, another OK comic from a couple of people that I’ve never heard of. It gets kind of silly at times, and they use pretty much the same joke for a few of the one page strips, but the whole thing still holds together. I just get the feeling that they had a lot of fun making this, and sometimes that can push an OK book over the top. Let’s see, what’s in here… a talking dog, the Middle Ages, locusts, aliens, sasquatch, and the creators. You can’t go wrong with most of those things, and it’s hard to fault them for wanting to be in their own comic. I don’t know. It might not be the greatest comic in the world, but I’d probably buy #2 if I saw it at a store. Not the most ringing endorsement in the world, granted, but I think it’s worth a look. Go to their website for ordering info and more samples. Hey, knowledge is power, right?